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Professor Christopher Hodges is Head of the CMS Research Programme on Civil Justice Systems at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford. His books include Reform of Class and Representative Actions in European Legal Systems: A New Approach to Collective Redress in Europe (Hart, 2008), European Regulation of Consumer Product Safety (Oxford, 2005), Multi-Party Actions (Oxford, 2001), and European product liability (1993). He is coordinator of the pan-EU Civil Justice Systems Project, which comprises scholars throughout the EU, and co-coordinator of the Global Class Actions Project, and Erasmus Professor of the Fundamentals of Private Law at Erasmus University, Rotterdam.
He graduated from New College, Oxford in 1976 and worked for 28 years in major City of London law firms, latterly as a partner in CMS Cameron McKenna, specialising in product regulation, product liability and class actions. He is a member of the European Commission’s Expert Working Group on the Product Liability Directive, the Academic Advisory Panel of the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on consumer law, is a former Chair of the International Bar Association’s Committee of product liability, unfair competition, advertising and consumer affairs. His PhD was on European Consumer Product Regulation (King’s College, London, 2003).
He has a special interest in health systems and is Chairman of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (representing NHS community pharmacists 2007-11). He was Vice-Chair of the Association of British Healthcare Industries (2004-8), and Chair of EUCOMED’s Legal Affairs Committee (1995-2008).